5 Things to Know Before a Facelift

In doing research online about facelifts, it’s likely you’ll inevitably run into false or misleading information about the results and recovery Dr. Hetal Fichadia, is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with ample experience in noninvasive treatments and cosmetic surgery. These are some common questions that she wants you to have the answers to:

Do Facial Exercises Help You Avoid Needing Facelifts?

A popular theory going around, is that facial exercises work just as going to the gym works for body toning. No matter how often you do facial exercises, you won’t get rid of wrinkles. In these cases, something less invasive from Dr. Fichadia such as Botox is a temporary option while Facelifts provide a more permanent solution. In general, if you can pinch your skin on the outer cheek creating excess skin anywhere from 1-2 cm, you will benefit from a facelift.

When is the Right Time for A Facelift?

How do you know when it’s time for a facelift? If you have tried less invasive treatments that are no longer providing your desired results, or you want a more permanent solution, it could be time to schedule a facelift. 

No other procedure will correct sagging skin and wrinkles permanently like a surgical facelift. 

What Should You Expect from Recovery?

Set aside at least one week for postoperative pain to resolve and stitches to be removed. Many people return to work after the first week. Bruising and a complete visual recovery can take up to two to three weeks total; Fortunately, an added benefit of wearing a mask these days is that hardly anyone will be able to visualize this bruising. Dr. Fichadia will schedule follow up visits to assure a speedy recovery.

What Should I Expect from Results?

The beauty of facelifts is that it provides a more permanent solution to reversing the signs of aging. While postoperative swelling lasts for around six months on average, immediately following your surgery, you will appreciate a more rejuvenated and smoother jawline, and more lifted facial appearance.

Dr. Fichadia is committed to making sure you enjoy maximal benefits from your facelift results. She will focus beyond the procedure itself by incorporating factors such as your unique anatomy, skin type, and diet. She also focuses on creating more youthful contour by lifting the deeper tissue and muscle layers closer together to create a firmer, more youthful appearance.

How Do I Choose a Facelift Surgeon?

To get the best results from facelifts, seek a board-certified surgeon with experience in facelifts. Ask to see before and after photos of previous patients and examine the facility. Search the doctor’s name online and look for reviews, or ask others for recommendations.

Discuss Your Options Further

Want to learn more? Schedule a consultation by calling our office or filling out an online contact form. Be sure to bring a photograph of yourself 10 to 15 years prior so that Dr. Fichadia can assess your natural anatomy at the appointment.

Your Options for Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy or Lumpectomy

Mastectomy and lumpectomy are surgeries done to remove breast tissue when breast cancer develops or you’re at a high risk of developing it in the future. Many women choose to get breast reconstruction surgery to rebuild the look and the shape of their breasts after these procedures. It can take place during or after mastectomy and lumpectomy. If you’re considering breast reconstruction, then the best place to start is your reconstructive or plastic surgeon. Breast reconstruction can be a delicate and complicated process on top of your cancer treatment, so it’s important to rely on the expertise of your healthcare team. Here’s what to know about breast reconstruction and what you can expect.

Types of Breast Reconstruction

There are generally two types of breast reconstruction, and one may be best for you based on factors like your cancer treatment, preferences, and anatomy.

1. Implant Reconstruction

This procedure is done by inserting a tissue expander implant filled with saline or silicone gel. There are several options now available for reconstruction using implants. Your board certified plastic surgeon can help you determine the type of breast implant and placement. Implant reconstruction is a recommended option for women who want to avoid scars and incisions in other parts of the body. Implant based reconstruction is usually done at the same time as mastectomy, or you can wait until after you recover for a delayed reconstruction. Dr Fichadia uses cutting edge technology such as assessment of skin circulation during surgery (ICG angiography) to determine the best way to do reconstruction. She also offers the latest advances in implant based reconstruction, such as prepectoral reconstruction and direct-to-implant reconstruction. Dr. Fichadia also does fat grafting as an adjunct to implant based reconstruction. 

2. Flap Reconstruction

Flap reconstruction, also known as autologous reconstruction, uses your own tissue transplanted from another body part, usually from the back, thighs, or belly. It can sometimes be paired with implant reconstruction. The upside to using your own tissue for reconstruction is that it has a natural feel, and can be a one-time surgery. The downside is prolonged recovery time, and additional surgical incisions and surgical sites to recover from.  In some cases, fat transfer can be used to improve your results both with implant based reconstruction and flap surgery.

3. Reconstruction after lumpectomy

In some cases, a breast reduction surgery can be combined with lumpectomy to prevent significant asymmetry and deformity after a lumpectomy. This is done on both sides to optimize symmetry. 

How to Prepare for Breast Reconstruction

The best way to start your breast reconstruction journey is by talking with your healthcare team and your board-certified plastic surgeon. There are steps you’ll need to take like consulting on your surgical plan, choosing reconstruction methods, and preparing for the surgery itself. It’s important to follow your plastic surgeon’s directions to prepare for your procedure as well as your recovery so you can focus on letting your body heal.

Choosing a Qualified Plastic Surgeon

It’s important to find a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon to perform your procedure. You should always verify your plastic surgeon’s board certification and ensure they have plenty of experience in performing reconstructive surgeries. Above all, they should make you feel supported, comfortable, and heard during your consultation process.

Schedule a Consultation

Breast reconstruction can be a difficult journey, so learning more about your options can be a great place to start. To meet with Dr. Hetal Fichadia and our reconstructive team, we invite you to contact our Portland office by calling or filling out our online form.

The Truth About Tummy Tuck Myths

A tummy tuck is a great way to get rid of stubborn fatty deposits, strengthen weakened or separated abdominal muscles, and tighten stretched, sagging skin. However, since this procedure is highly personalized and can address a wide range of issues, there are many myths that surround tummy tucks, and if you are considering getting one, you should do all you can to learn about Tummy Tucks to ensure that the procedure is right for your needs and wants.

Myth: A Tummy Tuck Is A Weight Loss Procedure

Many people think having a tummy tuck will help them lose weight and people who have it done are overweight and want to lose a lot of weight from their midsection. This isn’t true. The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who is generally healthy and at a normal weight for their height. They may have loose skin from prior pregnancy or weight loss or have the appearance of a protruding abdomen due to weakened muscles. A tummy tuck will address stubborn fat and extra skin in the midsection, but it will not remove fat anywhere else on the body. Similarly, if you have internal fat (fat around your organs or visceral fat) due to obesity, a tummy tuck cannot address that.

Myth: Diet and Exercise Will Give You The Same Results

A good diet and exercise routine is the time-tested way to lose weight and get a healthy, lean body shape, but it will likely not be possible to get rid of loose skin in your abdomen. Stubborn belly fat can be hard to get rid of except with surgical intervention. Weight loss will also not help with the appearance of stretched and excess abdominal skin. Having a tummy tuck will help to remove this skin so that you have a tighter-looking abdomen.

Myth: Tummy Tucks Are Only For Women

Tummy tucks are for both men and women. Typically, when you hear about a tummy tuck, it may be in a discussion about a mommy makeover procedure after pregnancy and childbirth. However, many men also deal with loose skin and stubborn belly fat, sometimes as a result of significant weight loss. Both sexes can have a successful tightening of their abdomen with a tummy tuck.

Myth: You Are Too Old For A Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks can be done at any age. The most common ages that are seen when doing a tummy tuck are people between the ages of 35 and 50. However, Dr Fichadia sees patients in all age groups undergoing this surgery. As long as you are healthy, you can get a tummy tuck to greatly enhance the look and shape of your midsection.

Tummy Tuck Surgery in Portland, OR

To find out if tummy tuck is right for you, the best resource is an expert plastic surgeon who performs this procedure regularly. Contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hetal Fichadia today to schedule a consultation about tummy tuck surgery. Our friendly staff will help to ensure that you get the procedure that best meets your needs and gives you the body shape you want. We will also go over all the ins and outs of the tummy tuck procedure with you during your consultation and answer any questions you may have. Call us today or contact us online to get started.

Breastfeeding After Breast Augmentation: Factors to Consider

Whether you are already a mother considering a breast augmentation surgery or would like kids in the future, you may have questions about breast feeding with a breast augmentation. This is one of the most frequently asked questions that board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Fichadia gets from her patients considering breast augmentation.  The answer is most likely yes, with the following considerations.

Considerations When Wanting to Breastfeed with Implants

There are several different factors that you will need to consider when breastfeeding after having implants. These include:


You will need to look to see where your incisions were made. If they go around your nipples and areolae, you may not be able to produce milk. With this kind of incision, nerves and milk ducts can possibly be severed. If you have incisions that are within the breast fold, away from the nipple, you should not have any issues with nerve or milk duct damage, and you will be able to breastfeed successfully.

Reason for Augmentation

The other thing to consider is the reason for augmentation surgery. If you have fairly symmetrical, regularly shaped breasts and you just wanted a little boost, then chances are you will not run into difficulty breastfeeding. But, if you have very flat or tubular shaped breasts before your augmentation, you may have been at risk for low milk supply due to insufficient glandular tissue regardless of having surgery. Some breasts don’t develop properly during puberty and therefore don’t contain enough glandular tissue to produce the necessary breastmilk.

If you are still uncertain whether or not you can breastfeed after getting breast implants, speak with your obstetrician and Dr. Hetal Fichadia, MD, FACS, to see what they recommend.

Implant Location

In conclusion, most women are able to successfully breastfeed their babies after breast augmentation. However, for a variety of reasons—some implant-related and some not—breastfeeding may not always be feasible. Conservatively-sized implants placed below muscle through an incision away from the nipple-areola are least likely to interfere with breastfeeding. 

Tips for Breastfeeding with Breast Implants

For women starting their motherhood journey, once you have spoken with your doctors and found whether or not it is possible to breastfeed, your next course of action is to meet with a lactation consultant. A lactation consultant will be your biggest ally when it comes to breastfeeding. This consultant will be able to tell you ways to increase your milk production and have a successful time at breastfeeding with breast implants.

If you struggle to breastfeed or you have further questions about breastfeeding when having implants, you can speak to your lactation consultant and your doctor to determine the best course of action for you. Having a strong support system can help you to succeed at your goals of breastfeeding.

You may also worry about the effect breastfeeding will have on your implants. It’s normal for your breasts to change in shape and size during pregnancy and after breastfeeding. Breastfeeding won’t affect your implants, but the size and shape of your breasts overall may be different. Dr Fichadia is always available to answer your questions as you go through these life changes after your breast augmentation surgery.

Contact Dr. Fichadia

If you are interested in or have questions about breast augmentation and the results of a procedure like this, contact our office to get a professional opinion from Dr. Fichadia. Call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation, today.

The Benefits of Choosing a Female Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgery is an intensely personal choice. Most patients have been thinking about having surgery for a long time before they actually start looking for a plastic surgeon. You always want to make sure that you’re working with the best surgeon for your needs. An ideal plastic surgeon is technically precise, has an eye for aesthetics, attentive, experienced, and knowledgeable about your concerns.

You may wonder whether gender matters when choosing a plastic surgeon. For women, a female plastic surgeon comes with many benefits by way of personal and professional knowledge.


Having a female plastic surgeon can be comforting because you know that they have the ability to personally relate to your experiences. From her entire life experience of being in a female body, your surgeon will also better understand how you feel about your body and how you want to change it.

Other than considering surgery for intimate areas, another reason for seeing a plastic surgeon is for concerns related to aging. This is another area where it is beneficial to see a female plastic surgeon since many procedures are designed to combat the aging process. A female plastic surgeon will know how women’s bodies change throughout the aging process and the best procedures to address these concerns.

Personal Understanding of Societal Pressures 

Female surgeons have also navigated the difficult terrain of societal pressures on the female body. Because of this they have compassion and understanding that comes from personal experience. Female plastic surgeons know how easy it is to feel insecure when surrounded by media messages and societal pressures to have the perfect body.  A female plastic surgeon like Dr. Fichadia understands this pressure, at the same time strongly believing in body positivity and self love. She can relate to why you may want to have a cosmetic procedure done and advise you on the best ways to get the results you’re seeking. Dr. Fichadia’s goal is never to create results that make her patients all look the same. Dr Fichadia believes in tailoring each procedure according to your preferences and unique features. She creates natural-looking results that enhance the natural beauty of her patients so they can feel like their best selves.


Communication and honesty with your doctor is paramount, especially when it comes to changing your body. You need to be comfortable explaining what you want and telling your doctor when you don’t want something. Female patients’ preference for female doctors may be related to both greater comfort with intimate exams as well as their communication style. Women are known to engage in partnership building, and having more empathetic and open ended conversations. Women value these qualities more during a medical consultation. 

Talking to someone with similar life experiences helps to eliminate a lot of communication hurdles and many women find it easier to communicate with a female doctor. The understanding between you and your doctor can remove some of the anxiety often associated with surgery and other procedures.

An aspect of good communication is feeling at ease around your surgeon. Dr. Fichadia wants every patient she sees to feel comfortable and welcome when they visit. The process of preparing for and undergoing a procedure can be stressful. Dr. Fichadia knows this and understands how significant it is to put your body in someone else’s hands. This connection can create a natural bond and comfort in being vulnerable around one another.

Find the right plastic surgeon for you

If you’re looking for an experienced plastic surgeon in the Portland, Oregon area, look no further than Hetal Fichadia, MD. Dr. Fichadia is a trained reconstructive and plastic surgeon with a double board-certification. On top of being a talented and experienced surgeon, Dr. Fichadia cares deeply about the work she does. She offers personalized care for every patient and does her best to ensure their needs are met. 

Dr. Fichadia is also compassionate and attentive. Her background and experiences have made her well equipped to tend to a wide array of patients. In fact, she has been so highly rated and successful at her work that she was awarded “Top Doctor” by RealSelf.com. She has also consistently made the Portland Monthly magazine’s Top Doctor list since 2019. 

You can schedule a consultation with her practice today by calling (503) 488-2344 or filling out an online form.

Your Guide to Gynecomastia

During their adolescence and young adult years, a significant number of men may notice that their breasts are sensitive to the touch, and in some instances, painful. In turn, they misunderstand the situation and often find themselves worrying about specific diseases, cancer, or unknown viruses.

This situation, however, is common and treatable. In fact, the medical community often refers to the growth of male breast tissue as gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia. If you are experiencing these issues, or you know someone who is going through this, here’s what you need to know.

Cause of Gynecomastia and Common Side Effects

For most patients, gynecomastia arises when their sex hormones become imbalanced. When estrogen and testosterone levels within a male’s system are chaotic, feminine features can develop, such as the growth of sensitive breast tissue.

However, men who have gone experienced this can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that it’s easily treatable. While this is by no means a comprehensive list of side effects that may occur in a gynecomastia patient, here are some telltale signs that feminine breast tissue growth is occurring:

  • A lump under the nipple region
  • Puffy and slightly raised nipple
  • Sensitivity and dull aching within the breast
  • Sudden growth of chest tissue
  • Discharge from the nipple
  • Swelling and throbbing sensations

In addition to these symptoms, gynecomastia can cause self-esteem and confidence issues in young men, as the development of soft breast tissue makes a masculine chest more feminine in appearance. Gynecomastia ranges in severity from having a “puffy nipple” to developing enough excess skin and tissue to create a breast fold.

If your symptoms worsen over time or you experience chronic pain, reach out to a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Hetal Fichadia, immediately. Dr. Fichadia can treat the symptoms of gynecomastia to give patients a flatter, more masculine chest.

How to Treat Gynecomastia

Because each case and patient is unique, Dr. Fichadia can utilize an extensive array of medical technologies and treatments to alleviate gynecomastia at the source. The personalized treatment process typically involves a combination of liposuction and/or surgical excision to extract glandular growth at the source, restoring the chest to its original shape.

Once your procedure has been completed, recovery time may take anywhere from a few weeks to a month. During this time, patients are cautioned not to perform strenuous activities or stress the breast region. Once swelling and inflammation have gone down, the breast and nipple area will return to its pre-gynecomastia size.

While Dr. Hetal Fichadia is ready and willing to assist any patient, qualified patients for male breast reduction are generally healthy individuals with a stable weight. If you are someone that can’t get rid of their breast tissue regardless of what exercise routine or diet, Dr. Fichadia can help you find a solution during a consultation.

Gynecomastia Treatment in Portland, Oregon

Whether you’re a developing teenager that is experiencing feminine breast growth or an adult whose enlarged breast tissue has become a source of embarrassment, Dr. Hetal Fichadia is here to help.

Dr. Fichadia is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in reconstructive surgery and gynecomastia treatment within Portland, Oregon. Get the process of treating your gynecomastia started today by calling us (503) 488-2344 or contacting us online.

Our Top Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips

Breast augmentations rank at the very top in terms of cosmetic surgery procedures that are most popular. If you are interested in getting this procedure done, it’s important to know what to expect and to carefully follow the doctor’s tips. Among those tips are those that can aid in your smooth recovery. Here is what you should do after your breast augmentation.

Get a Ride from and Stay with Someone Trustworthy

You should have someone close to you in tow to give you a ride home or stay with them at their home for at least 24 hours after your surgery. Breast augmentation surgery requires downtime while you recover, which means it’s beneficial to have someone you trust to stay with you and help you with tasks at home for 24 to 48 hours after your surgery.

Eat Before Taking Pain Medication

Always eat at least small meals or things like toast or crackers before you take your pain medication. This helps to stave off nausea. You may want to have a few meals pre-prepared prior to your surgery as well.

Sleep on Your Back or Side

If you’re a stomach sleeper, you should skip that after your breast augmentation surgery. Instead, sleep on your back or side. If it’s more comfortable for you, you can even sleep while reclining, such as upright on your couch, in a plush chair, or with a few pillows propping you up in bed.

Add More Foods When Possible

Although your pain medication causes you to feel nauseous, you should gradually be able to add more foods. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Avoid Strenuous Activity

You should avoid strenuous activity after your surgery. Don’t do any heavy lifting or exercise other than light things such as walking until the doctor instructs you that you can resume those activities.

Don’t Use Over-the-Counter Scar Creams

After your surgery, you should avoid using over-the-counter scar creams or ointments on your incisions. They can lead to adverse reactions that can irritate your skin. Carefully listen to the doctor and follow all instructions. Also, note that your scars will begin to heal a few weeks after your breast augmentation.

Swelling is Normal

While every woman is different, you should expect to experience swelling for several weeks to even months after your surgery. Generally, most of this occurs in the first few weeks after the procedure. It signifies that your breasts are moving into their final position, size, and shape.

Be Positive

Because healing takes time and is both physical and psychological, it’s important to maintain a positive attitude. Your recovery may take longer than you might expect, but it is all worth it in the end. You should also remember that nothing is perfect and that you should reach out to your loved ones for a strong support system while you heal.

Schedule a Consultation

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area and are interested in having a breast augmentation done, contact Hetal Fitchadia, MD, FACS at your earliest convenience. Schedule a consultation by calling (503) 488-2344 or request an appointment online.

How to Prepare for Your Tummy Tuck

If you’ve already scheduled your tummy tuck appointment, we understand that you may be overwhelmed about your upcoming surgery. With all of the processes you’ve gone through to get to this point, you want to make sure the procedure goes smoothly.

So what can you expect in the upcoming weeks leading up to the event? If you’re curious about the lifestyle choices you can make to ensure optimal recovery after the surgery is complete, here’s what you can do.

Clean up Your Lifestyle

The first tactic you can begin taking today is cleaning up various parts of your life. Do you smoke, drink, or have an unhealthy vice? By reducing the amount of time you partake in these activities, you increase your odds of having a healthy system when the surgery happens.

If you had to focus on the number-one habit that you can eliminate before your surgery date, it’s smoking. Smokers who undergo surgery are more likely to have wounds that will not close or heal after the surgeon finishes their job.

We understand that eliminating smoking from your life can be a challenging task, so we’ve established a list of go-to tactics to help you:

  • Nicotine-replacement therapy
  • Vaporizers with no nicotine
  • Chewing low-sugar candy
  • Establishing a support group
  • Massage therapy
  • Meditation and yoga

These tricks, when used in conjunction with one another, can greatly increase your odds of dropping the habit of smoking.

Get Rid of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Aspirin

Although it may sound somewhat graphic, for post-surgery wounds to heal correctly, the blood needs to clot and seal properly. When you rely on aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs daily, you can create excess bleeding during surgery.

While you may need to take these medications to stay healthy, talk with your physician about your upcoming surgery. They may provide an alternative treatment plan that can be used in the weeks leading up until the procedure.

Get Close To Your Ideal Weight

Perhaps the most critical step that you can take to ensure a safe tummy tuck is getting as close to your goal weight as possible. When you consult with your doctor or surgeon, define the weight that you desire to be in the future. Once you have this number, it’s time to get to work!

Much like smoking, getting into shape can seem like a daunting task. Knowing this, we advise you to approach the subject slowly. Through a combination of cardiovascular routines and smart dietary choices, your goal can become a reality.

Be Positive

Lastly, we want to encourage you to stay optimistic and hopeful for your procedure. While it may seem intimidating and scary, it’s a new start for your life! From here on out, you’ll be able to look into the mirror and feel confident and proud of your figure. Never again will you let a little bit of weight hold you back from experiencing the life you desire!

Schedule a Consultation

To get started with your tummy tuck journey, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hetal Fichadia. To request your appointment, complete our online form.

Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift: How to Choose the Right Procedure for You

The size of breasts can influence how a woman feels about her body. If you are uncomfortable about your breast size, you might think of surgical procedures. The most common surgeries are breast augmentation and breast lift.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure that involves breast enlargement. Breast implants are placed under the chest muscles or the breast tissues. Before you resolve to undergo this surgery, it would help if you consult with an expert.

Four vital considerations determine if you can undergo breast augmentation surgery. These are implant shape and size, placement incision, type of the implant, and the risks associated. Breast augmentation enhances the breast’s appearance (if you think they are too small), reduce the size after pregnancy or breastfeeding, and correct uneven breasts.

What is Breast Lift?

Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift is a surgery that intends to change the breasts’ position. The tissue is reshaped by removing excess skin, raising the breasts. If your breasts are sagging or the nipples point downwards, you might consider a breast lift.

Why is a breast lift done?

With time, your breasts change and lose elasticity. Several issues cause the change in breast elasticity, including pregnancy-the breast ligaments stretch to support the breasts. Other reasons could be changes in weight- as your skin changes, the breasts lose firmness and gravity, pulling the breasts.

A breast lift reduces sagging by raising its position (the nipples and the areolae). In the process, the breast size can be reduced so that they have the appropriate proportion. You can consider a breast lift if you have either of the following:

  • Your breasts are flatter and longer or sagging
  • The nipples fall below the breast creases or point downward
  • The areolae are no longer proportional

Though patients with sagging breasts can undergo a breast lift, you might have to postpone the decision if you intend to conceive. Ladies who are breastfeeding should avoid the procedure to get excellent results. Women with larger breasts might not love the appearance- the breasts will sag again years after the surgery.

How do you choose the right procedure?

Before settling for either or both procedures, several factors should influence your decision. These include:

  • Nipple’s position – if the nipples sit below the breast crease or point downwards (your breasts are sagging), a breast lift is viable.
  • Breast’s volume –It refers to the breast’s fullness. Age, weight loss, or pregnancy can alter the breasts fullness. Both surgeries can are viable for excellent results.
  • Breast size –if your breasts are smaller, the appropriate surgery should be breast augmentation.

Either way, both surgeries vary and have advantages and disadvantages. If you want to increase the size of the breasts, you should consider breast augmentation. On the other hand, breast lift should be viable if you have loose or sagging breasts.

Patients who want to increase the bust’s size should do both surgeries. When you combine both surgeries, you will get two benefits; fuller and firmer breasts. Since breast surgeries are personal decisions, you need an expert’s input –you can contact Hetal Fichadia for comprehensive information and the appropriate surgery.

Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift: Which is Right for You?

If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, it’s important to know you have options. The most popular is breast augmentation, which involves increasing your breasts’ cup size through the use of implants or fat transfer. A breast lift, on the other hand, involves restructuring the breasts so that they are higher and perkier when you have sagging and deflation. It’s important to know when and why you should choose one of these procedures over the other. Sometimes, you can benefit from having them both together, so here’s what to know about choosing the right option for you.

Reasons to Have Breast Surgery

There are a variety of reasons you might choose to have breast surgery. These include:

• You want to correct sagging
• You wish your clothing fit better
• You want to increase the fullness and angle of your breasts
• You wish to restore the volume your breasts had prior to weight loss or pregnancy
• You want to better contour your figure
• You want to balance out the proportion of your figure
• You wish to improve the symmetry of your breasts
• You want to boost your self-confidence and esteem

Is Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift Better for Me?

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, hundreds of thousands of women undergo breast augmentation procedures each year. Specifically, this includes procedures like breast augmentation, breast implant surgery, and breast enlargement. Overall, breast augmentation has stayed at the top of the list of cosmetic surgery procedures at number two in the United States. At the same time, breast lift surgeries have grown in popularity by around 70 percent since 2000.

Advantages of Each Procedure

There are some well-documented benefits to breast augmentation. They include the following:

• High satisfaction rates
• Improvement in your figure for the long term
• Minimal scarring

There are also plenty of benefits to a breast lift. You can expect the following:

• Improvement in the shape, symmetry, and projection of your breasts
• Your clothing fits better, giving you better self-confidence
• Minimal scarring that’s easily hidden with clothing
• Lasting results if you maintain your weight

Combining Both Procedures

While many women opt for either breast augmentation or breast lift, in some cases combining breast augmentation and breast lift procedures can be a great option. This is often best when you have sagging breasts with a loss of volume and dissatisfaction about the size of your breasts at the same time. When the two procedures are combined, it can have a twofold benefit in saving you money and recovery time. This option is often a popular choice for mommy makeover procedures because it combines the best of both worlds.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more about your breast surgery options is by meeting with Dr. Hetal Fichadia to begin planning the ideal breast augmentation with lift procedure for you. To get started, we invite you to contact our Portland office by calling or filling out our online form.